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April 12, 2014

Watson passing on 'Bubba golf' at this Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Bubba Watson wants to keep it simple.

None of those wild shots off the straw or from behind a tree.

Bubba golf? Not this time at the Masters.

Boring golf is more like it.

"It's not science here," Watson said. "It's try to hit the greens. And if you're hitting the greens, that means you're obviously hitting your tee shots well. So that's all I'm trying to do is just hit the greens ... maybe throw in a birdie here or there. That's what I've done the last two days and it's worked out so far."

If Watson can keep it going another two days, he'll be collecting his second green jacket Sunday evening.

The left-hander put up another round in the 60s on Friday, seizing control with a dazzling five-hole stretch on the back side at Augusta National, posting nothing but birdies from the 12th to the 16th. Watson was only the fifth player in Masters history to pull off that feat.

Even after missing a short putt and taking bogey at the 18th, he finished with a 4-under 68 for a three-stroke lead heading to the weekend.

The 7-under 137 provided the biggest 36-hole advantage at the Masters since Chad Campbell was up by three shots in 2006.

Watson hopes it works out better for him than it did for Campbell, who soared to a 75 on that Saturday eight years ago and wound up three shots behind winner Phil Mickelson.

"Just keep my head down, try not to focus on the crowds cheering for me and stuff," Watson said. "Trying to stay level, not too energized, not too excited."

When Watson captured his first green jacket two years ago, he memorably played a style dubbed "Bubba golf" — raw skill and wild imagination, culminating with a memorable shot from far off the 10th fairway that beat Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff.

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